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Who Done It? An Investigation of Murder Most Foul

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Staff Review: "Who Done It? An Investigation of Murder Most Foul" by Jon Scieszka


Herman Q. Mildew, an editor renowned for his lack of social skills (which is putting it very nicely!), a penchant for crushing dreams, poor hygiene, and love of stinky cheese is dead, and the police have requested alibis from the many writers and illustrators of young adult and children’s fiction that have reasons to wish him dead. These alibis range from a few paragraphs to several pages and reflect the creativity and ingenuity of their creators.

As you may have deduced from the name of the deceased, this book should be read with one’s tongue firmly planted in one’s cheek. I found myself charmed and amused by the range of alibis presented and their formats—many are in a typical narrative form, but one is provided primarily in the form of tweets on Twitter, others as scripts, and at least one as a graphic novel. If you’re looking for a fun read that can accommodate frequent interruptions or provide a quick mid-day laugh, this is the book for you. The alibis are indexed, so you have the option to cherry pick the entries by your favorite author, but you can also check out new authors with very little commitment required! What better way to get to know a new author than to consider the question—would their alibi stand up in court?

This book will appeal to fans of young adult fiction or mysteries in any format.

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction, mystery, ya fiction with adult appeal

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